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Chip Ganassi Racing Expanding To 2 Cadillac DPi-V.R.s In 2022

Renger van der Zande racing in the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/3/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) that they will be doubling down on their commitment to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022.  The team will be expanding to two full-time Cadillac DPi-V.R.s next season. Renger van der Zande will stay with the team for a second full season.  He’ll be joined by three …

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Brendan Iribe Sweeps GT America at Indianapolis; Charlie Luck Crowned Champion

Charlie Luck after winning GT America Race No. 1 at Watkins Glen International, 9/18/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After skipping the past four race weekends, Inception Racing’s Brendan Iribe swept the final two GT America Powered by AWS races of the year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday and Saturday in dominant fashion.  Wright Motorsports’ Charlie Luck (pictured above at Watkins Glen) wrapped up the inaugural GT America Powered by AWS overall championship …

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Colin Mullan, Michai Stephens Win Indianapolis GT4 America Race No. 1

Michai Stephens qualifies his Mercedes at Watkins Glen International, 9/18/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Conquest Racing’s Colin Mullan ran down Fast Track Racing’s Toby Grahovec in the closing laps Thursday (Oct. 14) and made the pass with 11 minutes to go in turn 10.  From there, he drove away to give himself and teammate Michai Stephens their third straight overall victory. Fast Track Racing’s Stevan McAleer, coming off of …

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Jan Heylen, Ryan Hardwick Win Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix

Ryan Hardwick and Jan Heylen celebrate their victory in the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway, 10/10/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen passed Notlad Racing by RS1’s Stevan McAleer at the end of the backstretch with 12 minutes to go Sunday (Oct. 10).  From there, Heylen held off McAleer and made his fuel hold out to take his and Ryan Hardwick‘s second win in a row in the Virginia Is …

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Dillon Machavern Wins Pole in Wreck-Strewn Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix Qualifying

Dillon Machavern after winning the pole for the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, 10/10/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Turner Motorsport’s Dillon Machavern won the pole Sunday morning (Oct. 10) for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway.  Machavern’s lap at 103.506 mph was turned in with a little less than six minutes remaining in the session. “With the rain last night, …

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Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy Win Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy celebrate their victory in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, 10/9/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Corvette Racing’s Nick Tandy was able to get past teammate Antonio Garcia with 53 minutes to go.  From there, he was able to pull away to give himself and teammate Tommy Milner the victory in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Saturday (Oct. 9).  It is Milner and Tandy’s second consecutive victory. …

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Jan Heylen, Trent Hindman Quickest in VIR Pilot Challenge Practices

Ryan Hardwick practcing at VIR for the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, 10/8/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams only got one shot at practicing in the dry at VIRginia International Raceway.  Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen took advantage of that and set the quickest time of the weekend on Friday (Oct. 8). Practice No. 1 Heylen clocked in a lap at 104.344 mph 24 minutes into …

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Tommy Milner Ekes Out Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Pole

Tommy Milner after winning the pole for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, 10/8/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner claimed the overall pole Friday (Oct. 8) for Saturday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR with a lap at 117.412 mph. The lap is a new track record for GT Le Mans class cars on the 3.27-mile road course. “It’s good to get these little victories like qualifying,” Milner …

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Kevin Estre Sweeps VIR WeatherTech Practice Sessions

Kevin Estre practicing for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, 10/8/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – WeatherTech Racing drafted in Kevin Estre for this weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.  Estre responded by topping both practice sessions Friday (Oct. 8) on the 3.27-mile road course. Practice No. 1 The opening session of the day started under gloomy skies at 8 a.m.  Estre put his Porsche at the top …

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Entry List: 2021 Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix

Eric Foss practicing for the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120, 9/10/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

For Sunday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, there are 34 cars entered in the two classes.  There are a couple of new teams on the grid as well. In Grand Sport (GT4), there are 20 teams entered.  Likely the biggest absence of the bunch are the two HTP Winward …

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